Rita Ora has admitted she feels scared for her mum after she rejoined the NHS to help in the battle with coronavirus.
The singer and her mother Vera Sahatçiu joined Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning today via video link to talk about the psychiatrist return to the frontline to help mental health and perinatal patients.
Ruth asked Rita - who has signed up to be a volunteer for the NHS - if she was feeling nervous about her mum returning to the frontline.
Rita replied: "Selfishly, yes of course, but again I think my mum thrives off doing her duty and I don’t want to speak for her, but I think what made me want to volunteer.
"Even if it’s something like delivering food to someone’s home or picking up medicine, whatever it is, I felt, ‘Oh gosh. This is so real that I felt like, what could I possibly do?’
Rita added: “Obviously I don’t have a medical degree but I just think it’s really, truly heroic, not just from my mum’s perspective but just seeing all the doctors in general, really frontline and really putting themselves forward.
"It just goes to show we as a humanity can still come together and be unified, it’s truly, truly, truly an amazing time for us to come out the other end and go, ‘Wow we’re really coming together’, so that really inspired me.”
Rita’s mum, Vera, explained how hard it was not being able to see Rita, but said she had a job to do.
“It’s really difficult, obviously. There’s a reason for that - I’m working full time and I’m in and out of a hospital environment.
"The safest for everybody was for me to stay at home, work and just make sure at least I don’t put at risk Rita and her sister.”
Vera is working as a psychiatrist within the NHS, and she said she had been looking after pregnant women that had mental health problems, but now is also covering people who have mental health problems and Covid19.
Rita also spoke about her aptly-titled new single, How to Be Lonely, which was written before the lockdown.
She explained: “If you can find an irony in this all… It definitely was a break up song. But the song has taken on its own meaning, funnily enough.
"With everything going on, this song is maybe doing what it’s supposed to do - maybe this was it’s true calling. I’ve seen online it really helping people.”